Berhampur, Sept 16 (LocalWire): Continuing the crackdown on business establishments and shops violating COVID-19 regulations, Ganjam district administration on Wednesday sealed as many as 12 shops, two temples and a Kalyan Mandap in the Silk City.
The shops included fancy stores, ration stores, electric outlets and lassi shops etc., sources said.
The crackdown was launched jointly by the district administration and Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC).
The raids were conducted in the areas including Bada Bazar, Sano Bazar, Gandhi Nagar, Aska Road, Old Bus stand, sources said.
Earlier the district administration had sealed a petrol pump and several other shops for violating regulations.
Several people in the city thronged to the temples on the occasion of the Sankranti, while some temples opened for the daily ritual.
Action has been taken against the shop owners, as they did not follow the guidelines of the district administration and maintain social distancing norms, said an officer.
The drive would be continued and the outlets sealed if they continued to violate the norms, they warned.
Meanwhile, the district collector Vijay Amruta Kulange said that stringent action would be taken against the shop owners who did not follow the Pancha sutra (five-point strategy).
The shop would be closed for a month if the shop owner does not follow the five-point strategy of the district administration.
The five-point strategy (Pancha sutra) for the shop-owners is: making a double-barricade, social distancing for customers, wearing masks for shopkeepers and customers, hand sanitation, and maintaining a register of the visiting customers.